My name is Omaya and I am from Egypt. My mother is Lebanese and my father is Egyptian. I was born in Egypt and when I was 3 months old, my mother left my father, my sister, and I, and went back to Lebanon alone.
Somewhere in my teenage years, I grew disillusioned with church, but my passion was rekindled after I joined the home church led by two ABTS graduates. At the home church, my faith grew, and I recommitted my life entirely to God.
We first learnt about the Child Friendly Space because they were offering music therapy and we registered Jana. The musical therapist in the center in turn felt that Jana needed to receive more psychosocial support and suggested she starts attending the full program of the center.
Members of the LSESD board remembered, “He never missed any board meeting except for very compelling reasons. Brother Boulos, as he liked us to call him, was always an institutional man, very serious, and very wise.”
People with disabilities are all around us. A friend of mine conducted a poll with a group of Christians regarding whether they have a close relationship with someone with a disability, and 65 percent said that they did.
The use of food vouchers allows the simple and small act of going to a general supermarket to boost the morale of the family and preserve their dignity.
Life in the camp is becoming increasingly unbearable. These days, we can only eat once a day, but we thank God. Most days we can only eat bread and tea. But it is hard to find bread at the bakery nowadays. Even if some is available, they don’t want to sell it to us Syrians.
Yet in the case of Daniella and Habib, it was surprising to hear just how integrated the ministries are in their different memories of growing up at BBS.
During his time at ABTS, Awad, our 2020 graduate from South Sudan, was often a source of encouragement to his fellow students and to staff and faculty alike. Today, serving in one of the most unreached areas of South Sudan, where witchcraft and ancestor worship are common practice, Awad continues to reflect Christ and act as a source of encouragement, not only for the community in his village, but also for us here at ABTS.